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1  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / help identifying this dress? on: March 09, 2007 05:11:00 PM
i figured this would be the best place to put this post, but if it isn't by all means let me know...

i think i'm going to sew this dress for my sister to wear to her senior ball.  i don't anticipate too much trouble doing it, but i feel bad recreating it and not knowing who i'm ripping off.  all i have is this picture that i took out of W magazine a few years ago to put in my 'inspiration book' (or whatever you want to call it).  i'm not even sure if its an ad or part of the editorial.  

so i figured maybe someone here might recognize it... here's the picture:



thanks for anything anyone can come up with!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / am i wasting my time? (mishapen scarf made w/ microspun) on: January 20, 2007 10:31:36 PM
sometimes i just can't help myself when i'm in the craft store.  last time i was there i bought two skeins of lion brand microspun... it is just so darn soft.

i started knitting a scarf (what else can you even really make with this stuff?), but it is looking kind of funky in a bad way.  (see images below.) 

so i'm wondering, is this curling permanent, or will it even out after it's been through the wash?  i know you can't block acrylic, but would a trip through the dryer make it better or worse?  should i even bother finishing this?

i've made a scarf with microspun once before, but it was on slightly larger needles and turned out okay.  here i'm using size 4 (3.25 mm).

here it is, smoothed out:



its natural state, knit side:



purl side:



thanks for any suggestions.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / strong stuffing for throw pillows (and a futon cover question) on: December 27, 2006 04:06:25 PM
i want to make some throw pillows but i don't want to use the regular old stuffing.  my boyfriend totally abuses pillows so i want to stuff them with something stronger, so the pillows won't become mishapen.  plus if i put something more supportive inside them, maybe he won't feel the need to fold them in half and drive me insane.  he has completely ruined my only throw pillow this way.

what do you think?  some kind of memory-foamish stuff, surrounded by regular stuffing to make them fluffy?  that's the only thing i could come up with so far.

also, i'm looking for a futon cover and i'm really having trouble finding one.  the only place i have seen them is walmart and i don't spend money there unless i absolutely have to. (and they had a terrible selection of course.)  i've looked in target, pier 1, and bed bath & beyond and found nothing.  i work at tjmaxx so i know they don't have any.  should i give up and shop online?  should i keep on using fitted sheets like i have been?

any suggestions are appreciated.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / quilling on: April 26, 2005 10:15:56 PM
no, not quil-t-ing.  its quil-l-ing.  but i guess i trust you guys to know that better than everyone i try to explain it to.

this is an herbal sampler, which is a kit i got from my mom a couple years ago.  she also got me one of berries before that and it's really cute too, if not cuter.

quilling always takes me a really long time to complete, because i can get really into it for maybe a week, but then all the tiny strips of paper and elmers glue get to me, and i don't touch it for another 6 months.

but it's really amazing what you could do with this if you thought about it.  i mean to make an original piece of quilling, and complete it in, oh, about 5 years.

links just in case:  http://aluminiumtree.com/craft/paper/quilling1.jpg and http://aluminiumtree.com/craft/paper/quilling2.jpg.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / my first handmade paper on: April 26, 2005 10:03:52 PM
well i finally got around to doing this... i'd been thinking 'i wish i could make paper' for quite a while, until one day i realised i COULD make paper. 

thanks really go to a cute little book called 'making things' by anne sayer wiseman.  maybe i will do a post about it because it is so awesome.

anyway, this paper is made from pages of 'the modern woman's home decorating encyclopedia,' or something very similar to that.  that book is now a hollow book, and being a compulsive recycler i couldn't bear to throw away the mass amount of pages i had to cut out.  (i found that it really hurts my heart to harm a book.)

http://aluminiumtree.com/pics/paper1.jpg
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / wallet of paint and tape on: November 05, 2004 06:54:21 PM
this is not my first packing tape wallet, but i don't have pictures of any others because my friends liked them so much that they became gifts!

this sweet baby is made from paint samples (credit to something i saw in readymade mag) and blank strips of (processed) film. and packing tape of course.

the real deal is at http://craft.aluminiumtree.com/newindex.html, after you click on 'bags.'






7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / packing tape + kids playing cards on: November 05, 2004 06:49:26 PM
these are my first two packing tape bags. i made them this past summer but i finally got around to taking pictures recently.  for the real, bigger pictures, go to http://craft.aluminiumtree.com/newindex.html and click 'bags.'

old maid:








and go fish:





8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / swan dress (thank you bjork) on: November 04, 2004 10:08:09 AM
this is the dress i made for halloween, but it is also great for weddings, proms, funerals, and swimming.

http://aluminiumtree.com/craft/dresses/swan1_sm.jpg

http://aluminiumtree.com/craft/dresses/swan2_sm.jpg

...and i forgot that pictures are resized to too small here.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / pant waistband ideas? on: June 21, 2004 07:32:53 PM
here is my problem: awhile ago i cut the waistband off of some pants that didn't fit quite right, hoping that it would help. instead, the waist was way too low to wear at all (they were low-rise in the first place). i've been trying to come up with a way to make the waist higher again, but i haven't gotten very far. so i was hoping some of you crafty geniuses out there could help me out with ideas. the pants are black corduroy, and the waist is currently below my hipbones, with some crack action in back. i want to hear anything you can come up with, please!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cool tree sheet made into dress - TUTORIAL added 22.mar.05 on: June 03, 2004 10:11:25 PM
i just finished this dress a couple days ago. it's made from a sheet i got at the salvation army that i just had to have because the print was so awesome. the lining (which isn't visible) is another light green sheet. anyway, this is it...

http://aluminiumtree.com/craft/dresses/dress_tree.jpg

http://aluminiumtree.com/craft/dresses/dress_tree_close.jpg

http://aluminiumtree.com/craft/dresses/dress_tree_close2.jpg
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